A Nations Strength

By: Wasif, Nathan, and Sammy


This poem describes how only people can govern themselves, and how for one man to govern everyone; is too much power. Money cannot buy us freedom only men who fight for us everyday. They work hard and offer us protection but we barely even notice them and it is because of these men that we’re here and we’re safe today.

A Nations Strength

What makes a nation's pillars high

And its foundations strong?

What makes it mighty to defy

The foes that round it throng?

It is not gold. Its kingdoms grand

Go down in battle shock;

Its shafts are laid on sinking sand,

Not on abiding rock.

Is it the sword? Ask the red dust

Of empires passed away;

The blood has turned their stones to rust,

Their glory to decay.

And is it pride?

Ah, that bright crown

Has seemed to nations sweet;

But God has struck its luster down

In ashes at his feet.

Not gold but only men can make

A people great and strong;

Men who for truth and honor's sake

Stand fast and suffer long.

Brave men who work while others sleep,

Who dare while others fly...

They build a nation's pillars deep

And lift them to the sky.

Poetic Elements

Diction- The choice of words, or style of writing the author has.

Symbolism- Using symbols to represent an idea, or statement.

End rhyme-The Rhyme at the end of the stanza instead of the beginning or middle

Alliteration- The repetition of the same sound or letter at the beginning of a chain of words.

Stanza- A group of words that occur in a poem, script, etc… (Kinda like a paragraph)

Rhetorical question- A question that is not supposed to be answered, but thought about instead.

Rhythm- The repeated pattern of something.

Imagery- Visually descriptive language; includes objects, actions or ideas.